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Sixth graders enjoyed taking part in the first ever North Iowa Heritage Day Camp which was held in April. In a change from previous years, a curriculum spread out over four school days was prepared by instructors Kaylene Erdahl, Carrie Hanson, and Jon Bohl. Special education teacher Jill Osterkamp and 6th grade learner assistant Cindy Brandt also helped with this event
Highlights of each day are listed below.
Friday, April 11th
Day one of camp consisted of attending the Quodlibet performance at NIACC in Mason City followed by a trip to Forest City to tour Heritage Park.
Heritage Park Tour
Monday, April 14th
Monday's adventures included a visit to Stebens Children's Theatre in Mason City and a trip to Pilot Knob State Park in rural Forest City.
Stebens Children's Theatre
Pilot Knob State Park
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15th - 16th
After being divided into four groups, the students spent the last two days of camp attending the following classes:
Putting the Pieces Together
The Mansion Museum
A Tribute to the Past
Constructing Our Heritage
Students were required to complete writer's notebooks during and after the four-day North Iowa Heritage Day Camp experience. For each of the classes/events they attended, they were asked to write a minimum of two quality paragraphs reflecting on what they did/saw. They were also able to express themselves in picture or poem form. Included in each notebook were pocket sheets where students could put in memorabilia they accumulated during the four days of camp. Some of the things put in the pockets included items picked up on the nature hike, prairie grass and gravestone rubbings from the Linden Township Cemetery, Quodlibet pamphlets, Stebens Children's Theatre pamphlets for "Jack and the Beanstalk," and various other items.
Some of the classes required extra assignments which were recorded in the writer's notebooks. Examples include:
-- Writing an imaginary epitaph for one of the people whose gravestones were found during the Linden Township Cemetery class held by Mrs. Hanson.
-- Drawing a picture of their favorite style of house during Mrs. Erdahl's architecture class.
-- Writing their own "Legend of Somewhere in North Iowa," where students got to pick a location such as Rice Lake or Hogsback and write a make-believe legend.
-- For Mr. Bohl's Nature Hike class, students were asked to draw and label a detailed map of the hike they went on.
Students are shown below working with their writer's notebooks.
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